Procrastination: The heading says “keep it at bay” rather than “beat it” because it’s not going to go away altogether. Not immediately anyway. It’s like that family member you really don’t like. He or she is always going to be family; they’re there for the long haul! But there are things you can do to minimise how much time you spend together.
It’s the same with procrastination.
Not everyone has big issues with procrastination, though according to some of the research I read a whopping 20% of the population make it their lifestyle. That’s scary.
A member of our Facebook group “Get It Done” said in a post today that she would “like to stop procrastinating as much and find a source of motivation for when I’m finding it hard to stay on track.” How many of us can relate to that?
It’s possible to put procrastination in its place and keep it there. But it does take some effort, and since effort is usually what we’re trying to avoid in the first place when we procrastinate, this seems like one big unmanageable paradox!
So what can we do about it?
The first thing we have to do if we want to put procrastination in its place is understand exactly what’s going on when we’re affected by it. There’s a great video on this that I discovered in my research on the topic; it’s short (two minutes long), simple and though it’s a bit fuzzy to look at, I think it helps to clarify what we’re dealing with when we’re tempted to avoid what we really “should” be doing, or to “put it on the end of the long finger” as the Irish say.
So without further ado, here is the video …
OK so that puts the issue in a little bit of perspective for those of us who have been battling this thing for decades without truly understanding it or worse, believing that we’re just horribly lazy. Now we just have to remember that it’s not our fault, we really can’t help it and we just have to get used to it, right?
Wrong. The good news is there is something you can do about it and even better, it only takes a few minutes daily to do it.
As I said above, I spent some time researching the topic before I started this post today. I discovered there are billions of suggestions and solutions out there on the topic of beating procrastination. It’s quite overwhelming. And also confusing.
One thing I’ve learned at Law School is that “you know when you’ve done enough research when you keep coming back to the same source”. In other words there will be a recurring “theme” that tells you that you’re on the right track.
In researching procrastination, the theme that kept recurring in the search for an answer was mindfulness meditation. There were heaps of other great themes I thought, but the meditation theme was the one that resonated with me. Watch the three minute video below (it’s better quality than the one above) to see what I mean …
But how do I meditate? is a question I hear quite frequently. Not only that but there is sometimes great resistance to the idea of meditation based on the “no time to spare” excuse. And let’s be honest – it is an excuse.
There is a perception out there that meditation is weird, time-consuming, difficult to “do” or requires special training. Let’s bust some of these pre-conceived ideas right now. In this final video (which has the potential to change your life or at least increase you brain-power!) you’ll learn how to meditate. Yes, it’s that easy. See for yourself! …
The only piece of advice I would add to the above video is that you don’t have to sit on the floor to practice meditation. A firm chair that allows you to keep your back straight and feet flat on the floor is absolutely fine.
Marie Forleo said “There are 1440 minutes in a day. They’ll all go better if you take 10 of them to meditate.” This is very manageable.
You can download Marie’s 10 minute meditation on here blog page here. I used it every day when I started meditating and can highly recommend it if you’re a beginner.
So there you have it. Procrastination looks different now, right?
Now go do that thing you’ve been avoiding for hours – or if your like I used to be – for most of your life.
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